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WridgWays Handy Guide to Transit Times in Australia

Would you like to know how long your personal goods will be in transit for before they arrive at your new home? Wouldn’t it make life so much easier to plan ahead of time! Well lucky you can, with the help of WridgWays. It is important to note that time frames for household deliveries around Australia depend largely on where your goods are being moved from and to and how much you plan to take with you.

Once you have determinedLoading Cartons Container Shipping Removals Relocation what you’re taking, making the decision of whether to have the sole occupancy of a 20ft or 40ft container, or whether you would prefer to share a container with other peoples goods going to the same destination is so much easier! Both options have their advantages; sole occupancy containers are sent to your new destination straight away so you will have much a shorter transit time from uplift to delivery. Shared containers are great if you don’t require the full container and would like to save some money by combining with other peoples items headed for the same location. Sharing a container can have a longer transit time for this reason as the other consignments may not be ready to be sent on the same day.

Here’s Our Guide to Transit Times for Sole Occupancy Containers:


So you are thinking of moving to Melbourne?

So you are thinking of moving to Melbourne?

Guide to Melbourne - Click Here to Download

WridgWays has been safely helping individuals move their treasured possessions from overseas to Melbourne, Australia for over than 85 years. We are experts in international moving. For an obligation free quotation for your overseas move to Melbourne, simply click here.

So what can we tell you about Melbourne: Melbourne was founded in 1835 by settlers from Launceston, in Tasmania and was officially declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847. Melbourne is considered Australia’s most cosmopolitan city. New futuristic designs add to the fascinating mix of architecture and ensure the skyline is constantly changing. Melbourne contains five of the six tallest buildings in Australia, the tallest of which is the Eureka Tower in Southbank.

Those who travel to Australia for the first time and arrive in Melbourne often end up falling in love with the city because of its hip, happening and very liveable lifestyle. Melbourne is very much about lifestyle. It is no huge surprise to residents that the city is often named as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Melbourne is also an international cultural centre, with cultural endeavors covering major events and festivals, drama, musicals, music, art, architecture, literature and more. As a city, residents enjoy a sense of family, fun and outdoor activities. The Spring Racing Carnival and Aussie Rules Football season are huge sporting events for those living in Melbourne. Or enjoy free entertainment in the parks during the summer months.

For more information about moving to Melbourne, download your FREE 30-Page Guide to Melbourne – everything you need to know about moving to Melbourne including housing, schooling, quarantine, banking, medical and much more…

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Quarantine and Customs in Australia

Quarantine and Customs in Australia

Customs and Quarantine Regulations

Seeds and similar items must be declared

Quarantine helps protect Australia. Food, plant material and animal products from overseas – including many common souvenirs – could introduce some of the world’s most serious pests and diseases into Australia, devastating our valuable agriculture and tourism industries and unique environment.

Prior to landing on Australian soil, you will be handed an immigration form to fill out, as well as Customs and Agriculture Declaration forms. Australia has particularly strict quarantine laws – you must declare all goods of animal or plant origin, and you’re not allowed to bring into the country fresh fruit or vegetables. If you’re concerned about bringing any items into Australia, declare them. And if you’ve been snacking on the flight, place any leftovers in the amnesty quarantine bins available in the arrival area or on the way to the luggage collection bay.

Unaccompanied goods, including your household effects, are sometimes subject to the payment of duty/tax if you have not both used and owned the goods for 12 months or more, prior to shipment. Brand new items are subject to payment of duty/tax. If you require clarification on this issue please email us or visit
» Australian Customs.

Useful Documents

On Arrival – Declare your items

Declare your items on arrival

You must declare for inspection all food, plant material and animal products on arrival to Australia to ensure they are free of pests and diseases.

Some products may require treatment to make them safe.

Other items that pose pest and disease risks will be seized and destroyed by AQIS (the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service). You can dispose of high-risk items in quarantine bins in the airport terminal. If you’re not sure, ask a Quarantine officer.

Quarantine – Prohibited items into Australia

If in doubt, declare the item

When importing goods into Australia all foodstuffs should not be included. Equally important, all traces of soil and other foreign matter should be removed from items such as vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, golf clubs, garden tools, wheelbarrows, etc. prior to your removal uplift day. We have listed some of these items to assist you.

The Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) maintains a high level of physical inspections on incoming consignments into Australia of personal and household effects. AQIS applies a fee for services accordingly and these fees are recovered from the importer upon arrival of the consignment in Australia. Fumigation and other AQIS inspection treatments will also attract a fee.

To clear your goods through Australian Customs you will need to complete a B534 Customs Form and provide a photocopy of all stamped pages of your current passport. This can be done either in Australia or at your point of origin.

To obtain a copy of the B534 form (Unaccompanied Personal Effects Statement), visit: Department of Agriculture or contact:

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) GPO Box 858Canberra, ACT 2601Phone: (02) 6272 3999Fax: (02) 6272 5888E-mail:

Prohibited Goods – The following goods must be declared:

Goods you cannot bring:

Live plants are not allowed

Email us – we are always happy to assist with your enquiry. Should you have any specific questions relating to prohibited items into Australia, please visit:
» Department of Agriculture

Customs Regulations

Importation of Spirits / Liquor

The Australian Custom Service requires an inventory of any imported alcohol. Please note that importing alcohol is very expensive. Charges can be approximately 50% of the declared value on wine (Duty, GST and Wine Equalisation Tax) and up to 150% on any hard liquor.
Click here to download our Spirits / Liquor Inventory Form

Importation of Vehicles


A Vehicle Import Approval must be obtained for a vehicle to gain customs clearance at its point of entry. Vehicles that arrive in Australia without an Import Approval generally incur significant storage costs until an Import Approval is issued. If the vehicle does not meet the requirements for an Import Approval, you will need to either export the vehicle or have it destroyed at your own expense.

Also note that in order to assess whether an Import Approval will be issued a full application and supporting material will need to be submitted. Only then can a decision be made. The Department is unable to tell you whether your vehicle will qualify for an Import Approval over the phone or by email until an application is submitted and assessed.

The Following are contact details for the Department of Transport in Canberra –Department of Infrastructure and Transport

If Calling Outside Australia
Tel: 61 2 6274 7444
Fax: 61 2 6274 6013

If Calling Within Australia
Tel: 1800 815 272
Fax: (02) 6274 6013


Postal Address
GPO Box 594

Street Address
111 Alinga Street

a) Import Permit: Please ensure you apply for and are granted an import permit for the vehicle from the Department of Transport and Regional Services in Canberra before shipping to Australia.

b) There is GST/Duty Payable.

These duties/taxes will be required to be paid to Australian Customs before they will release the vehicle. The importer must be in Australia when the vehicle arrives in order for clearance to be effected. Where they are not present, the vehicle will be held in bond until the importer’s arrival as clearance will not be possible without their presence.

c) If you would like further information, the following Email addresses and homepages may be of use:

Customs vehicle import information and applicable taxes / duties.

Import Of Motor Bikes into Australia

a) Import Permit: Please ensure you apply for and are granted an import permit for the motorbike from the Department of Transport and Regional Services in Canberra before shipping to Australia. Do not ship your vehicle to Australia until such time as you are issued with an Import Approval because DOTRS will reject any applications for vehicles arriving in Australia without the required permit. It is also an offence to ship a motor vehicle to Australia without the required permit.

b) GST: Please note that motorbikes are exempt from Customs Duty and Car Luxury Tax. However 10% GST will be payable on the motorbike calculated on the Australian Customs value of the vehicle, transport and insurance costs. All taxes will be required to be paid to Australian Customs before they will release the vehicle.

c) To be able to import a motorbike under the personal import scheme, you must have owned and used the motorbike for at least 12 months. Please ensure that your motorbike is free of soil and any other matter before it is shipped to Australia to avoid expensive cleaning charges from AQIS.

The importer must be in Australia when the vehicle arrives in order for clearance to be effected. Where they are not present, the vehicle will be held in bond until the importer’s arrival as clearance will not be possible without their presence.

If you require any further information, the following email addresses and web pages may be of use: –

Department of Transport & Regional Services Bulletin No. 10 – “Importing Vehicles into Australia”

Customs Email:


PLEASE NOTE: This information provided to you is to the best of our knowledge and understanding at the time of reply. We cannot be held responsible for any action Customs or the Department of Transport may take at the time of importation should it differ from what we understand to be normal practice. Customs and DOTARS will base any decision and duty/tax assessment on the final application of the importer at the time of that application. We have no control over their decision and cannot be held accountable in any way. It is in your best interests to contact both these authorities to verify your particular circumstances.

More Information

For more information regarding quarantine contact one of the following AQIS offices:

QLD + 61 7 3246 8755

WA + 61 8 9334 1555

VIC + 61 3 8318 6700

NSW + 61 2 8334 7444

ACT + 61 2 6272 4143

CAIRNS + 61 7 4030 7800

TAS + 61 3 6233 3352

SA + 61 8 8201 6000

NT + 61 8 8920 7000

Fax queries: +61 2 6272 4494

Agriculture.Gov: 1800 803 006 or visit